Trend of sports and fitness is slowly making its way through the Indian culture. With more people participating in sports activities and receiving appreciation nationwide, the whole taboo around sports not being a career option is diminishing. Marking the Birth Anniversary of legendary player Major Dhyan Chand, The Wizard of Hockey, National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August, to encourage a spirit of sportsmanship and fitness in every individual’s life.
Every year the government is introducing new schemes to promote various sports and fitness activities. These schemes also provide support sport enthusiasts. This sports day PM Modi is inaugurating ‘Fit India Movement’ at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, New Delhi where he will be taking the fitness pledge along with the whole nation.
Today, on National Sports Day we pledge to strength Fit India Movement! https://t.co/0BmpLreJPP
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2019
Sports का सीधा नाता है Fitness से।
लेकिन आज जिस Fit India Movement की शुरुआत हुई है, उसका विस्तार Sports से भी आगे बढ़कर है।
Fitness एक शब्द नहीं है बल्कि स्वस्थ और समृद्ध जीवन की एक जरूरी शर्त है: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 29, 2019
Along with PM, Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, has set up a committee of 28 members hailing from various Sports Associations and Federations with nationwide fitness promoter, Shilpa Shetty and Milind Soman.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 29, 2019
All set to attend the launch and 1st committee meeting of the #FitIndiamovement in Delhi.
Outfit : raw_mango
Jewellery : curiocottagejewelry
Styled by : sanjanabatra
Assisted by : rupangisharma devakshim
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) August 29, 2019
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) August 28, 2019
Meanwhile Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani with Kiren Rijiju, paid her tribute to Major Dhyan Chand and also sent greetings to all the sportsperson.
Remembering Major Dhyanchand ji on his birth anniversary and extending greetings to all the sportspersons.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 29, 2019
On his birth anniversary, I pay my tributes to Major Dhyanchand, the greatest hockey player India has ever produced 🏑
And on this "National Sports Day" my greetings to all sportspersons and the sports enthusiasts across India🇮🇳! pic.twitter.com/faHPUBzCHF
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 29, 2019
India has witnessed some tremendous performances this year on various fields. One of the favourite sports of country, Cricket, though could not bring the World Cup, other athletes etched their names in the history of world sport in various categories. With some of the remarkable performances and determined sportspersons, India received ‘Gold pe Gold’. We also saw some breakthrough field execution by female athletes. With some old faces and many new faces coming into the limelight, India emerged as an all rounder in world class sports events.
Let’s have a look at female athletes who not only defied the stereotypes but also made India proud:
The 24-year-old ace shuttler PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win the World Badminton Championship title. Prior to the breathtaking performance at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Sindhu suffered many losses. Erasing all those memories, the Hyderabad girl worked on herself and clinched the maiden title.
— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 28, 2019
Sindhu is also the Highest paid female athlete of India earning mostly via various endorsements.
Known as Dhing Express, world saw Hima Das leaping from one gold to another in a month. The 19-year-old Sprinter hailing from the state of Assam has set National record in the 400m relay race last year. This year Hima won her first gold at Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland in July and since then Hima did not stop.
With the blessings of you all, once again i have won 🥇 pic.twitter.com/wiwZ3letIR
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 13, 2019
3. Manasi Joshi
Manasi Joshi made India proud by winning her maiden title at the BWF Para Badminton World Championship that was held in Basel, Switzerland, recently. Along with getting congratulatory messages from worldwide, Vogue India put up a stunning photo of Manasi sending her warm wishes on her epic win.
Also, PV Sindhu, you are GOAT! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/njB3XhNcVP
— Manasi Nayana Joshi (@joshimanasi11) August 25, 2019
The Bengaluru off-road racer, Aishwarya Pissay made history by becoming the first ever Indian to win the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Bajas World Cup in the women’s category at Varpalota, Hungary.
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PROUD MOMENT FOR INDIA FIRST INDIAN TO WIN THE FIM WORLD CUP CHAMPION. . . Aishwarya Pissay of TVS clinches the Fim Baja World Cup 2019 Womens Category . She finished in the Hungary Round which concluded yesterday. Fmsci congratulates indias first Fim World Cup champion . @miss.pissay @fimlive @fiawim @womenintopgear @tvsracing_official @kiren.rijiju @d2bdofficial @khelo_ind #india #fmsciofficial #fmsciwim #womenintopgear
5. Elavenil Valarivan
Hailing from the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, Elavenil won her maiden World Cup Gold in shooting at Rio de Janeiro. Earlier, Valarivan has won gold at the Junior World Championship in 2018.
First senior World Cup GOLD for @elavalarivan as India wins 3 of the four women’s 10m Air Rifle in all @ISSF_Shooting world cups this year. Incredible talent and phenomenal achievement. Many congratulations! #issfworldcuprio2019 pic.twitter.com/FN9DUurVJk
— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) August 28, 2019
On this National Sports Day, let’s pledge to stay healthy, fit and make India proud.